Museum Monday: Happy (Museum) Holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like…well, you know the rest. The holiday season is upon us, and a great place to soak up the season is Balboa Park.

With more than a dozen amazing museums, Balboa Park is a joyous place any time of year. But if you’re looking for a festive exhibition with a side of Santa, you won’t want to miss these museums this December:

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Just watching the toy trains circle the tracks is enough to make anyone feel like a kid again, but every December, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum presents the Southern California LEGO Train Club’s Annual Holiday LEGO Train Exhibit. The favorite toy of childhood is used to construct building, landscapes, and of course, lots of trains. Both the young and young-at-heart can view the exhibition through Jan. 14, 2012.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Santa Claus comes to town at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. After an afternoon of getting hands-on with science, take the kids to indulge in some holiday fun with a screening of Santa vs. the Snowman. Shown in the Fleet’s state-of-the-art IMAX dome theater, this quirky comedy by the creator/producer of Jimmy Neutron features the voice talents of Jonathan Winters, Ben Stein and Victoria Jackson.

The San Diego Natural History Museum

It may not be a holiday exhibition per se, but All That Glitters: The Splendor & Science of Gems & Minerals will definitely makes the season sparkle. On view is a stunning selection of spectacular natural mineral crystals, exquisite jewelry, and works of art, including pieces on loan from the American Museum of Natural History, Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the Smithsonian Institution. You can see these dazzling displays through April 8, 2012.

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!). What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day? Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah. What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger. Latest music purchases for my iPod player are… I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately. Follow Candice on Twitter @candicesd

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